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What is happiness ?

What is the purpose of life ? it is to become happy. Whatever country or society people live in, they all have the same deep desire: to be happy. Yet, there are few ideals as difficult to grasp as that of happiness.

 

A young friend of mine once spent a long time trying to work out what happiness was. When she first thought about happiness she saw it as a matter of becoming financially secure or getting married. But looking at friends who were married, she realized that marriage didn’t necessarily guarantee a happy life. She saw couples who had been passionately in love suffering from discord soon after their wedding. She saw women who had married men with money or status but who fought constantly with their husbands. She finally told me, “Now, I can say with confidence that happiness doesn’t exist in the past or in the future. It only exists within our state of life right now, here in the present as we face the challenge of daily life”

 

I agree entirely. You know best whether you are feeling joy or struggling with suffering. These things are not known to other people. Happiness is not a life without problems, but rather the strength to overcome the problems that come our way. There is no such thing as a problem-fee life: difficulties are unavoidable.

 

True happiness is within you, yourself. You will never find happiness if you don’t challenge your weakness and change yourself from within. Happiness is to be found in the dynamism and energy of your own life as you struggle to overcome one obstacle after another.

 

Here’s the kind of spirit I had in mind when I wrote the following poem on “Happiness”

 

A person with a vast heart is happy

Such a person lives each day with

A broad and embracing spirit

A person with a strong will is happy

Such a person can confidently enjoy life,

Never defeated by suffering.

A person with a profound spirit is happy.

Such a person can savour life’s depths

While creating meaning and value that will last for eternity.

A person with a pure mind is happy

Such a person is always surrounded

By the refreshing breeze of joy.

 

Taken from pearl magazine.

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